Mastering Mindfulness Seminar
Saturday, Aug. 19 | 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $20
Learn strategies to gain control over food and cravings, overcome self-sabotaging cycles, take hold of emotions and stress, and achieve personal goals with registered dietitian and behavior change specialist Gina Worful. Sign up by Aug. 14. An optional workbook is available for an additional $16 when registering.
Bend Master Workshop
Saturday, Sept. 9 | 3-5 p.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $15
Not a class for the faint of heart, this is two hours of intense strength conditioning and flexibility training. Participants will enhance body awareness through breathing techniques while gaining muscle tone and definition. The workshop will combine the stretching practices of ballet, gymnastics and yoga with advanced core conditioning and balance techniques. Instructor Lynda LaCoax is a certified holistic coach and personal trainer with a combined 20+ years of dance, gymnastics, ballet and stretching exercise experience. Register by Sept. 1.
Mindful Meditation and Sound Immersion
Saturday, Sept. 23 | 10-11:30 a.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $25
Experience Mindful Meditation and Sound Immersion with instructor Massood Taj. This workshop begins with short dialogue on meditation, loving kindness and compassionate practices. Guided movements then bring attention to body posture and breath. While immersed at the cellular level in sound vibrations produced live by a selection of healing instruments, participants will focus on sounds carried by breath. Finally, they sit together in silence. Register by Sept. 18. Space is limited.
Saturday, Sept. 23 | 2-4 p.m. | Dogwood Park | Free
Be part of a drumming circle around the Dogwood Park fountain. Ages 12 and up are welcome to participate free with instructor Massood Taj in this ancient form of group meditation. Drumming starts with a simple base beat, allowing participants to improvise various complimentary rhythms. As the drum circle progresses, a group consciousness develops into a collective voice. Participants should bring drums if available. Dancing is welcome. Hand drumming is believed to reduce stress, create a sense of community and enhance relaxation. In case of inclement weather, this activity will take place at the Cane Creek Recreation Center. Registration is not required.
Tuesdays,| Sept. 5-Oct. 10 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $65
Beginning Photography covers camera operation, composition, subject matter and principles of image capture. Areas of artistic expression will be explored, as well as the organization of images and applications such as email, print and storage. All types of digital cameras are welcome, including Smart Phones, electronic tablets, point-and-shoot cameras and iPods. Instructor Ron Baker is a professional photographer who provides top-end photos for businesses, families, weddings and events. Register by Aug. 29.
Thursdays,| Sept. 7-Oct. 12 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $65
This course is for those who have a basic understanding of photography and want to advance their understanding of digital SLR camera operation. Topics include camera controls, manual exposure, white balance, lenses and composition. Participants will learn to take control of their camera equipment and enhance photographs through image manipulation. A digital SLR camera is required. Instructor Ron Baker is a professional photographer who provides top-end photos for businesses, families, weddings and events. Register by Sept. 1.
Tuesdays, Sept. 19-Oct. 24 | 5:30-6:30 p.m.| Cane Creek Recreation Center | $30
Thursdays, Sept. 21-Oct. 26 | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.| Cane Creek Recreation Center | $30
Tuesdays, Oct. 31, Nov. 7, 14, 28, Dec. 5, 12 | 5:30-6:30 p.m.| Cane Creek Recreation Center | $30
Thursdays, Nov. 2, 9, 16, 30, Dec. 7, 14 | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.| Cane Creek Recreation Center | $30
Looking for a way to reduce stress? Consider Tai Chi. This Chinese martial art has developed into a graceful form of exercise that not only reduces stress but helps with a variety of health conditions. Tai Chi, often described as “meditation in motion,” promotes serenity through gentle, flowing, low-impact movements. It puts minimal stress on muscles and joints, making it generally safe for all ages and fitness levels. Participants of all experience levels may sign up for one or both of these six-week sessions with instructor Nikki Desch, an award-winning martial artist with 35+ years of experience. Registration is required five business days prior to the class.
Mondays and Wednesdays with instructor | Fridays with video | 11 a.m. – noon | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $2 on Mondays and Wednesdays | Free on Fridays
This yoga class is designed for participants with chronic pain and the physically challenged, who spend the majority of the class seated. The “poses” are gentle, range-of-motion movements and stretching combined with breathing exercises and meditation led by instructor Shelia Barnes.
First and third Friday each month | 6:30-8 p.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $1
The Cookeville Traditional Dance class meets on the first and third Friday evening of each month. The class focuses on English Country and American Contra dancing, while adding in some traditional dances from other countries as well, such as Scotland. Neither experience nor a partner is required. Fun for the whole family. For more information, contact Mev McCurdy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Walking to Wellness
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays | 10-11 a.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | Free
The Cane Creek Recreation Center provides log-in sheets for keeping track of walking miles. Participants may power walk indoors or outdoors.
Questions about classes and programs? Call Mildred Garrett, programmer, at 931-520-5286.
Daily | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $3
Take fitness classes for $3 per visit, with no membership fee or contract. Offerings include Zumba, Dance2Fit, yoga, cardio sculpt, strength training, step aerobics, cycling and much more. See our monthly schedule and class descriptions at Fitness Classes. Lunch Express classes start at 11 a.m. each week day and are divided into 30-minute sessions for $2 each or $3 for both sessions.
Questions about fitness classes? Call Jen Webb, special programs coordinator, at 931-526-7393.
School of Dance
August through May | Cane Creek Recreation Center
The Leisure Services School of Dance offers Dance for Young Children (ages 3 through first grade) and technique classes for ages 7 through adult in the areas of classical ballet, modern dance, jazz and hip hop. Tuition is based on 33 instructional weeks, August through May. Learn more at School of Dance.
Questions about School of Dance? Call Chad McDonald, cultural arts superintendent, at 931-520-5296.